Hey you,

Firstly, thanks for visiting this blog.

I started this page as a way for me express myself creatively but I found that I'm more than just a creative person; I'm also a deeply analytical person, an extremely emotional person, and someone who is always on the lookout for a way to better himself in all the ways I have can. But on to this blog.

The name of this blog is taken from one of my favorite Bruce Lee quotes:

“It is not daily increase but daily decrease, hack away the unessential. The closer to the source, the less wastage there is.”

This quote, for me, is a challenge to find what works best in my life via subtraction. I think there is a lot in the world already to support lifestyles via addition; i.e. adding a material item, mindset, people, etc. I have a pretty strong contrarian streak to myself so, in theory, I try to reject this mindset.

This blog chronicles my practice of this, in the ways I have access to, while still trying to keep sane. Key word, trying.

If you want to say hello or reach out, you can do so at: hello@derekcortes.com.

I also post photos of my fitness journey on Instagram: @derekcortes.